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(Tablet Magazine)   'Seinfeld' re-ups for a 5th round of syndication, bringing the syndication revenue to over $3 billion or $17 million per episode. Giddy up   (tabletmag.com ) divider line
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2013-04-07 12:38:07 PM  
4 votes:
Seinfeld is one of the few TV shows that I can watch anytime, anywhere. I've seen every episode countless times, but if there's nothing else on I'll watch it.  This is a rare syndication goldmine, because I know I'm not alone.  Guaranteed eyes-on is something that makes marketing execs wet between their legs, and Seinfeld is one of the few shows that can still do that.  It ain't going away anytime soon.
2013-04-07 04:56:10 PM  
2 votes:

ongbok: NeoCortex42: Hoban Washburne: NeoCortex42: A huge chunk of the plots don't even work in a world where cell phones exist.

I've heard this criticism pretty much every time Seinfeld is brought up, and I fail to see the point.  Cell phones would be handy in Game of Thrones too, but hey they don't exist.  I think that anyone who is a Curb Your Enthusiasm fan will tell you that Larry David is perfectly capable of creating comedy in a world with cell phones.  They just simply WERE NOT COMMON during most of Seinfeld's run.  I got my first cell phone, the generic Nokia brick that everyone had, in 2001.  It wasn't strange at all to see people on tv without cell phones in 1998.

I don't mean it as a criticism. I just think it would be interesting to see it from the perspective of younger viewers who never knew a time when the couldn't easily contact anybody they knew at any time.

Sure, plenty of other sitcoms didn't have cell phones, but Seinfeld stands out for so many of their plots relying on the characters not being able to readily contact each other. A show like Cheers (which I'm currently working on rewatching through Netflix) doesn't have this problem. Aside from a few instances, almost none of the plots hinge at all on communication problems.

I remember watching a Dirty Harry movie with some of my younger relatives. There is one point in the movie were Dirty Harry is trying to warn his partner that the bad guys are after him, so he runs to the nearest pay phone and tries to call the guys apartment, but he isn't there so he can't warn him. Well his partner ends up getting killed.

The point is that one of my younger relatives, after that scene, commented that it was phony and said why didn't he call him on his cell. Then went on to say that he hates these older movies because they are phony because they never call anybody on their cell phones when they are in danger.  All of the people in the room that were older than 21 just quietly turned and looked at him.

How hard is it for younger people to realize certain things didn't exists and to keep a frame of reference when you are watching movies from different eras or that are set in different eras.


Your relative sounds half retarded. People of all ages have been enjoying tv shows from past generations without asking stupid questions like that.

Asking why someone in a 70s movie didn't use a cellphone isn't a flaw of the 70s movie, it's a flaw of the moron asking the question.
2013-04-07 03:40:39 PM  
2 votes:

NeoCortex42: Hoban Washburne: NeoCortex42: A huge chunk of the plots don't even work in a world where cell phones exist.

I've heard this criticism pretty much every time Seinfeld is brought up, and I fail to see the point.  Cell phones would be handy in Game of Thrones too, but hey they don't exist.  I think that anyone who is a Curb Your Enthusiasm fan will tell you that Larry David is perfectly capable of creating comedy in a world with cell phones.  They just simply WERE NOT COMMON during most of Seinfeld's run.  I got my first cell phone, the generic Nokia brick that everyone had, in 2001.  It wasn't strange at all to see people on tv without cell phones in 1998.

I don't mean it as a criticism. I just think it would be interesting to see it from the perspective of younger viewers who never knew a time when the couldn't easily contact anybody they knew at any time.

Sure, plenty of other sitcoms didn't have cell phones, but Seinfeld stands out for so many of their plots relying on the characters not being able to readily contact each other. A show like Cheers (which I'm currently working on rewatching through Netflix) doesn't have this problem. Aside from a few instances, almost none of the plots hinge at all on communication problems.


I remember watching a Dirty Harry movie with some of my younger relatives. There is one point in the movie were Dirty Harry is trying to warn his partner that the bad guys are after him, so he runs to the nearest pay phone and tries to call the guys apartment, but he isn't there so he can't warn him. Well his partner ends up getting killed.

The point is that one of my younger relatives, after that scene, commented that it was phony and said why didn't he call him on his cell. Then went on to say that he hates these older movies because they are phony because they never call anybody on their cell phones when they are in danger.  All of the people in the room that were older than 21 just quietly turned and looked at him.

How hard is it for younger people to realize certain things didn't exists and to keep a frame of reference when you are watching movies from different eras or that are set in different eras.
2013-04-07 02:53:29 PM  
2 votes:
media.canada.com
The only reason to watch Seinfeld
2013-04-07 01:23:48 PM  
2 votes:

Peter von Nostrand: As huge fan of Seinfeld I can honestly say the majority of the series hasn't held up well. Although the first season is close to 25 years old


I agree.

The problem is that the show relied heavily on the "shock" factor of seeing people be terrible and petty to each other. That shock has worn off, to say the least.
2013-04-07 01:19:29 PM  
2 votes:
It's remarkable how cutting edge the show remains compared to today's most popular sitcoms, such as The Big Bang Theory.
2013-04-07 11:59:11 PM  
1 vote:
Really? No one has posted this yet?

Modern Seinfeld
2013-04-07 09:09:08 PM  
1 vote:

ReapTheChaos: Flappyhead: And none of the cast outside of Jerry has seen a nickel of it.

I've never understood why actors think they deserve a portion of the money a show makes outside of their original paycheck. Imagine if everything in life worked this way, construction workers would receive a portion of the monthly rent from an office building they worked on, airlines would send monthly checks to the Boeing engineers who designed their planes.

They get a paycheck for acting in the show, thinking they deserve to get a piece of the pie beyond that only demonstrates how utterly out of touch with the real world people in Hollywood actually are.


By that logic, why does anybody from the studio on down deserve a paycheck for it at this point? Have Congress shorten copyright terms to 20 years, same as patents, and each year another season of Seinfeld would be entering public domain this year.
2013-04-07 04:57:26 PM  
1 vote:
ongbok: How hard is it for younger people to realize certain things didn't exists and to keep a frame of reference when you are watching movies from different eras or that are set in different eras.

Exactly. When I was a kid back in the late 60s I used to watch westerns like Wagon Train, The Rifleman, etc. I never once thought they didn't make sense because they didn't drive cars or fly out west rather than take a wagon train.
2013-04-07 04:18:54 PM  
1 vote:
I used to love Seinfeld and watch it all the time. Now, not so much.

Still, I'd rather watch that than (insert name of reality series here).

The video mentioned the Simpsons ending. I think a voice artist is going to have to die for that to happen at this point.

The Simpsons is awful, has been for well over a decade. Fox has nothing to replace it with. That's why it's still around. They cancel everything with potential and let the old crap brew in its own juices until it ferments into a pile of rancid shiat.
2013-04-07 03:31:53 PM  
1 vote:

Flappyhead: And none of the cast outside of Jerry has seen a nickel of it.


I've never understood why actors think they deserve a portion of the money a show makes outside of their original paycheck. Imagine if everything in life worked this way, construction workers would receive a portion of the monthly rent from an office building they worked on, airlines would send monthly checks to the Boeing engineers who designed their planes.

They get a paycheck for acting in the show, thinking they deserve to get a piece of the pie beyond that only demonstrates how utterly out of touch with the real world people in Hollywood actually are.
2013-04-07 03:00:10 PM  
1 vote:

Spanky3woods: [media.canada.com image 375x375]
The only reason to watch Seinfeld


And Veep is back in only a week.
2013-04-07 02:58:18 PM  
1 vote:

foo monkey: Flappyhead: And none of the cast outside of Jerry has seen a nickel of it.

[Citation needed]


"Apparently, other cast members from the show are not sharing in the billions.
Co-stars Jason Alexander, Michael Richards and Julia Louis-Dreyfus have a portion of the revenues from sales of "Seinfeld" DVDs -- something they held out for in contract negotiations for the series' final season. But not the show's syndication money." New York Post, June 7, 2010
<http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/tv/einfeld_rakes_in_bil_RFu9j OSt ArywzQ8I5rSvAJ>
2013-04-07 02:48:57 PM  
1 vote:

Mugato: /hottest girl, Paula Marshall in the one where she outed them


Teri Hatcher ftw. They're real, and they're spectacular.
2013-04-07 02:32:24 PM  
1 vote:

T-Servo: To be fair, BBT claims to be nerdy, which by definition is the opposite of edgy.


Aren't they all hipster douchebags, isn't that edgy? Only saw like 20 minutes of it.
2013-04-07 02:31:11 PM  
1 vote:

NeoCortex42: A huge chunk of the plots don't even work in a world where cell phones exist


That's the thing though, cell phones did exist. The show ran from 1990 to 1998. By 1994 cell phones were somewhat common. I had one and I was a broke ass college student. Yet most of the stories relied on the characters not being able to get a hold of each other. Loved the show, I'm just saying.

/hottest girl, Paula Marshall in the one where she outed them
//second hottest, Mulva
2013-04-07 02:09:57 PM  
1 vote:

Peter von Nostrand: As huge fan of Seinfeld I can honestly say the majority of the series hasn't held up well. Although the first season is close to 25 years old


I'd be curious how younger viewers who didn't grow up with the series view it. A huge chunk of the plots don't even work in a world where cell phones exist.  And while it was cutting edge at the time to have a show about a group of self-absorbed people being assholes to everyone else, we now get that in spades with shows like Always Sunny.

/love Seinfeld and can still spend an entire afternoon watching it if nothing's o.
2013-04-07 02:06:46 PM  
1 vote:

Flappyhead: And none of the cast outside of Jerry has seen a nickel of it.


[Citation needed]
2013-04-07 01:26:51 PM  
1 vote:
Now each of those 180 episodes

Most are rarely broadcast. Most nets only run the same couple dozen episodes over and over, especially TBS. You know the quotes, soup nazi, hand model, we're not gay, yada yada yada.

Which, is just as well for the first season, and the last two.
2013-04-07 12:31:49 PM  
1 vote:
I still think NBC should buy the rights to "The Strike" and air it as a special every December 23.
2013-04-07 12:21:19 PM  
1 vote:
As huge fan of Seinfeld I can honestly say the majority of the series hasn't held up well. Although the first season is close to 25 years old
2013-04-07 12:21:17 PM  
1 vote:
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